RYAN GIGGS took his pet dog for a walk with girlfriend Zara Charles just a week before he was due to appear in court.
He has been charged with rape and controlling conduct against Kate Greville, 36, over a three-year period.
It is alleged that he ‘drunkly banged his ex-girlfriend’s head’ on 1 November last year when things came to a boil.
Giggs insisted he was innocent and vowed to clear his name. He will appear in court on January 4.
Today, the former Manchester United star was seen strolling Atlas Street in Cheshire, with lingerie model Zara by her side.
The Sun exclusively reveals how 47 years old found love with the 33-year-old as he faced the prospect of jail time.
A source said: “Zara has been supporting Ryan for the past few months.
“She is a wonderful, optimistic girl. Ryan has been completely open with her about his situation. They seem very strong together.”
Giggs was also charged with assaulting two women.
One alleged victim was his former Kate and the other – a woman in her twenties – was believed to be her sister.
The former footballer, who has temporarily resigned as Wales manager, denies any accusations.
The Sun on Sunday revealed that Giggs had turned to his ex-wife Stacey, 41, for support while he waited to find out if he would face charges.
Giggs and Stacey, the mother of his two children, split in 2016. She is currently in a relationship with singer Max George, 32 of The Wanted.
The Welsh international met Kate while she was doing PR for his Hotel Football business venture. They went public in 2018, eight months after his divorce was finalized.
He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
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